consumption-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: usage

Commentary: CONSUMPTION[+event] The usage of something, in a general way. Most economic statistics will use this sense, even when they refer to food products.

The consumption of energy has increased steadily this century.
Rich people often engage in "conspicuous consumption" to show off their wealth.
America has a materialistic "culture of consumption".
Typically, there is no production without consumption.
Food consumption is much higher in the United States than in South America.
Sugar consumption is off the charts lately.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 2: using up

Commentary: CONSUMPTION[+event] Refers clearly to using up a resource or exhausting it. Not simply using it.

The consumption of the world's oil supply will have disastrous consequences.
Unfortunately, the complete consumption of our funding only took a few hours.
The rate of fuel consumption is pretty high for some trucks.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 3: bodily ingestion

Commentary: CONSUMPTION[+event] A special kind of usage. The eating or drinking of a substance, or taking something into the body.

Irresponsible alcohol consumption is very bad for you.
Some fish are not safe for human consumption.
The consumption of red meat can lead to heart and liver problems.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 4: tuberculosis

Commentary: An old name for the disease tuberculosis, which affects the lungs; also refers to the state of having the disease.

He caught consumption by walking through a boggy marsh.
She has consumption and will surely die from it.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 5: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)